Lecture Series: Xu Xing

Date(s) - 09/07/2016
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

July 9 – Xu Xing

Title: The hunt for new dinosaurs in China

Description: Professor Xu will describe some of his adventures as a field palaeontologist in China, and

discuss the impact of recent Chinese discoveries on current understanding of dinosaur diversity,

evolution and ecology.

Bio: Xu Xing is a dinosaur researcher based at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and

Paleoanthropology in Beijing, China. He has conducted fieldwork in northern China and many other

areas. His efforts have led to the discovery of numerous Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate fossils and the

collection of a large amount of geological data. His research has greatly enriched our knowledge of

Jurassic and Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems. He has made significant contributions to research on key

issues surrounding dinosaur evolution and bird origins, including the “temporal paradox” problem,

questions of homology across the transition to birds, and the pattern of evolution of major avian

characteristics including flight and feathers. He has published over 130 articles in SCI journals, and over

30 in Nature and Science.


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